In this article on coyote facts I am going to cover as many facts as possible for you. Coyotes have fascinated me for over 20 years and I have studied them quite extensively.
Total grown coyotes weigh from 20 to 50 lbs. They measure from 58 to 64 inches long from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Their tail itself usually measures 12 to 16 inches.
It is also believed that the population of coyotes in North America is at an all time high.
I don’t believe that is true here in NW Missouri where I reside. I can remember as a teenager seeing and hearing coyotes almost on a daily basis on the farm. I do however think the population here is growing once more.
A few years back I can remember nearly every coyote I called or trapped had mange. I believe mange was responsible mainly here for the previous 10 year decline in population.
Their diet consists of rabbits, fish, frogs, berries and other fruit, deer, snakes, insects, and grass. They’ve even been known to kill lambs, calves, and small pets.
Coyotes have an exception sense of smell. 100 times better than a human. They also have keen vision.
Female coyotes give birth to as few as 2, and up to a dozen pups in the spring. Both male and female will protect the pups and their land. The pups can hunt by themselves by fall.
Coyotes can run up to 40 miles an hour.
I know this article will be read by many from both sides of the animal rights world. I am going to tell you up front that I adore coyotes. . .and I hunt coyotes. I don’t expect everyone to agree with hunting coyotes. In my opinion, the ones that disagree with it only don’t have all the facts they need to make an in formed decision. So I will list a fact here which is reason enough for me to search them and do my part to keep their population in check.
When coyotes become over populated in an area they start venturing to urban communities. I just finished reading an article yesterday of a coyote attacking 2 little kids in Oregon State. Coyotes fault? No, it is just instinct to them. However, the fact that coyotes have become so overpopulated in that region that they’re being forced to search for new territory (which in this instance includes towns) is reason enough to thin the population there in my opinion.